The race is nearing its conclusion. I’m at the front of the bunch. I ride hard, the bunch strings out behind. I’ve never felt stronger, fifty riders stuck to my wheel as I power through the turns.
“Go! Go! GO!,” I scream at the two riders with me. We’re on our own, four and a half laps from the finish. Finally I was out ahead in a bike race. The Big Events Hillingdon Cat 4. I look round the bunch swarms in the distance. I look ahead and bury myself with a taste of glory, could I make it to the end?Read more "Big Events Cat 4 Hillingdon"
I was exhausted, spent, cooked. I discovered new levels of physical pain and inner turmoil that I wasn’t even aware existed. My body was pushed beyond any previous limit. My cycling computer suggested 91 hours recovery, I wasn’t arguing.Read more "Westerley Spring Crits"
Paris-Roubaix. The Queen of the Classics. A Sunday in Hell. The ‘Hell of the North’ is one of cycling’s hallowed monuments, a torturous one day race over numerous sectors of numbing cobbles and farm tracks concluding with two laps of the Roubaix velodrome. Rapha organises its own tribute ride, Hell of the North. Now in its eighth year it’s a bone-crunching ride through North London and Hertfordshire finest lanes, farm tracks and off road tracks. All to be completed on a road bike not necessarily designed for the terrain. Three hundred rides take part and for the second year in a row I was one of them.Read more "Hell of the North VIII : Rapha’s Paris Roubaix Tribute"
“He seemed amused to meet someone who would be riding his first race at the age of twenty nine” Tim Krabbé ‘The Rider’
At twenty-eight I’m standing at the side of Lee Valley Velopark road circuit. The purr of bikes on rollers and turbos echoes around me. The kids races are happening now and pushy parents shout support from the edge of the track. I’m nervously waiting to take part in my first bike race. The opener of the CC Hackney Primavera Series a category four criterium race.Read more "My First Race: CC Hackney Primavera Circuit Series"
La Classicissima. La Primavera. Cycling’s first Monument of the season, Milan San Remo, is the longest race in the UCI World tour at 291km. The ‘Sprinter’s Classic’ starts in the metropolitan centre of Milan before winding its way towards the coastal town of San Remo, a series of challenging climbs including the infamous Poggio are followed by a flat sprint finish along the Via Roma. To pay tribute to this one day epic riders from the Rapha Cycling Club rode 167km from central London to Hayling Island.Read more "RCC Milan San Remo Tribute: London to Hayling Island"
Clunk clunk clunk clunk. The sound of the chain pulling the Sandbanks Ferry to Studland vibrates through me. After a close encounter with the side of an Uber taxi a few days previously I thought it was time to escape the craziness of London’s streets and ride the Dorset coastline in the Isle of Purbeck.Read more "Escaping London: Poole to Lulworth Cove"